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President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just announced a joint effort to cut down on methane leaks from oil and gas wells. The agreement was part of the Paris climate accord and will have impacts here in New Mexico.

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Bond Set For Woman Accused Of Harboring ConvictThe Associated Press & The ABQ Journal

A judge has set a $5,000 bond for one of the women accused of helping two convicts after they escaped from a prison transport van last week.

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The number of people being prosecuted for illegally crossing the border has risen drastically over the last couple of decades. And the penalty can include lengthy stays behind bars. But where do all these inmates go? 

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New Mexico Governor Who Campaigned For Rubio Now UndecidedThe Associated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is not ready to endorse another Republican candidate for president after campaigning for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio only to watch him drop out of the race.

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In some parts of Bernalillo County’s South Valley, parks sit adjacent to idling trains, schools lie across the street from waste disposal businesses, and entire neighborhoods are bordered by polluting industries. People living there are what’s known as environmental justice communities—neighborhoods that bear a disproportionate burden of pollution.

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All New Mexico Prisons On Lockdown After Inmates' Escape - Associated Press

The state's top Corrections Department official says all of New Mexico's prisons are on lockdown and no prisoners are being transported between correctional facilities as state police investigate what led to the escape of two inmates last week from a transport van.

Ed Williams

This week is Sunshine Week, when reporters and editors across the country celebrate government transparency and access to public information. 

KUNM has been using public documents to investigate a plume of poisonous chemicals that has been moving in the groundwater underneath two neighborhoods in Albuquerque for at least several decades.

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University of New Mexico regents voted Monday, March 14, to put themselves in charge of the Health Sciences Center despite public objections to the sudden shift.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/17 8a: There are 36,000 New Mexicans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Often they're cared for by family members who sacrifice financially and emotionally to look after their loved ones. 

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KUNM’s Public Health New Mexico project has been reporting on a plume of toxic chemicals in Albuquerque’s groundwater for over six months.

We obtained public documents from the New Mexico Environment Department that show the groundwater plume has been spreading underneath a mile-and-a-half-long swath of Albuquerque’s Sawmill and Wells Park neighborhoods. Our investigation shows the contamination has the potential to reach people on the surface and could pose a serious health risk to people living and working in the area.

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Records: New Mexico Lawmakers Rarely Use Work EmailAssociated Press

A records request by The Associated Press finds that New Mexico legislative leaders rarely if ever communicate by work email and keep private details of breakfast and dinner appointments with industry and special interest groups.

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Trump Of Concern As Democrats Gather In New MexicoAssociated Press

The chairman of the Democratic Governors Association is pushing Governor Susana Martinez to say whether or not she would vote for Donald Trump if he is nominated as the GOP's presidential candidate.

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NMSU Officials Propose Tuition Increase, Budget Cuts – Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico State University officials are proposing tuition increases and budget cuts to cope with a smaller budget in the upcoming fiscal year.

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The Albuquerque Police Department is in the middle of a reform process after the U.S. Department of Justice found a pattern of excessive use of force by officers. An independent monitor tasked with overseeing the process presented the second of a series of reports earlier this month.

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A new report by the Governors Highway Safety Association says New Mexico is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in America.

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Governor Calls For Balanced Reforms To Save Scholarships - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that would have allowed for unclaimed prize money to be transferred to New Mexico's lottery tuition fund.

Arianna Sena

Polls show New Mexicans believe their government is corrupt. State lawmakers say that while there may be a few bad apples, the system we have is working.

But the facts show just the opposite: New Mexico has the widest gap in the country between the laws on the books and the way those laws are actually enforced, according to a 2015 report from the Center for Public Integrity.

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How quickly criminal cases work their way through the system has a big impact on defendants’ lives. And it’s been a little over a year since the state Supreme Court first set deadlines to speed things up and clear thousands of backlogged cases in Bernalillo County, the state’s busiest judicial district. The criminal justice system is still adjusting.

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For many people who are homeless or who have behavioral health issues, the right medical care is too far out of reach. Often folks turn to emergency services for basic healthcare—which can be both expensive and ineffective.

Santa Fe is just one of a dozen cities across the U.S. to try out a new program that brings meaningful help to people who frequently call 911.

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More than half a million people in the state make use of food stamps. Federal judges ordered the state on Monday, March 7, to halt work requirements for the program.  

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New Mexico’s Snowpack Melting Quickly – Santa Fe New Mexican

Despite a lot of rain and snow early in the winter, the unusually warm temperatures in February means New Mexico has lost about 40 percent of its snowpack.

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Santolina Developers Seek Tax Funding For Infrastructure – Albuquerque Journal

Developers who want to create a massive project on Albuquerque’s west side are seeking to capture future tax revenue from the project to pay for things like streets and sewer systems.

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The Legislature found more money for health care this year than it did last year, but it’s still not enough to cover the costs of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. A group of advocates and associations from all corners of the health care system met on Friday to grapple with the projected shortfall.

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Plans to create a new bus rapid transit system along historic Route 66 are generating intense controversy in Albuquerque.

Supporters say it will bring economic development, more walkable streets and make it easier for residents across the river to access jobs. Business owners fear construction and increased congestion will mean fewer customers.

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KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/10 8a: New Mexico's Supreme Court created a new set of rules aimed at clearing a backlog of cases in Bernalillo County's criminal justice system. But there's been pushback from folks who say the new deadlines are tough to meet. 

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Holly Holm Loses Bantamweight Title In Bout – KOB-TV

Albuquerque fighter Holly Holm returned home Sunday night without the UFC title she won last year.

Arianna Sena

During the 2016 legislative session, the People, Power and Democracy project tracked efforts to address ethics, accountability and money in politics. This year lawmakers met for only 30 days and were charged first and foremost with preparing a state budget. Most of the bills we followed failed, but many sponsors and advocacy groups pledged to return again in the longer 2017 session and try a gain. Here’s a summary of the proposals we watched most closely.

What Passed

House webcasts to be archived

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New Mexico Governor Acts On Remaining BillsAssociated Press

Gov. Susana Martinez has until Wednesday to sign, veto or disregard dozens of unsigned bills.

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Over the past few years New Mexico has used short-term solutions to balance the budget without raising taxes. But if oil and gas prices stay low, it will become more and more of a challenge to find the money the state needs to pay the bills.

Raising at least some taxes might not be politically popular, but Sen. John Arthur Smith, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, argues it’s the fiscally conservative thing to do. And he wants to start with the gas tax.

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She spent her life in the place she was born, Acoma Pueblo.  As a very young girl there, under the guidance of her great-aunt, Lucy Lewis began to learn the traditional art of Acoma pottery.  Over the next 80-plus years, she not only mastered that art but changed it, and in the process helped to bring a new appreciation to Native Art.

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